Minor and Cluster Requirements

Students can choose to minor or complete a cluster in biomedical engineering.

Biomedical Engineering Minor

The biomedical engineering minor provides substantive exposure to the biological and engineering sciences and gives students a basic perspective on the complex structure and function of living systems and their analysis by physical and engineering principles. The minor is available to students in all majors, but engineering and biology students find it easier to complete these requirements. Students may not use more than two of the courses required for the BME minor to also satisfy requirements in their major. When filing the online Minor Declaration form, if there are any overlap courses (max two), those will be reported on the form. The online form is at:https://secure1.rochester.edu/registrar/applications/major-minor-declaration.php

All students that propose a minor in BME must fulfill the basic math requirements (MTH161, MTH162, MTH165 or MTH141, MTH142, MTH143 or these in combination with Math AP credit). Contact Taimi Marple for information on how to submit an online Minor Declaration approval.

Biological Science Courses (8 credit hours)

Students must complete two life science courses (i.e., biology, microbiology, neuroscience). Students can use one of the following: BIO110, BIO112 or AP Biology, plus one other Life Science to meet the two life science course requirement, including BME 257 Essential Molecular Biology, BME 258 Human Anatomy.

Biomedical Engineering Introductory Course (4 credit hours)

BME101 (4.0 credits) is a freshman or sophomore course utilizing the spectrum of examples of BME applications to introduce the scope of the discipline and its range of significance. Faculty advisers have the flexibilityof substituting four credits of another BME-related course.

Engineering Courses (12 credit hours)

Choose three engineering courses, two of which must be BME courses, including any 400level BME courses or cross-listed courses. BME 257 Essential Molecular Biology, BME 411 Cellular & Molecular Biology and BME 258 Human Anatomy can NOT be used for this requirement, as they are life science courses.

Note: Students are warned to confirm that all prerequisites for the courses below are fulfilled 


  • BME 201 Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • BME 201P MATLAB for Bioengineers
  • BME 210 Biosystems and Circuits
  • BME 212 Viscoelasticity in Biological Tissues
  • BME 218 Introduction to Neuroengineering
  • BME 221 Biomedical Computation
  • BME 228 Physiological Control Systems
  • BME 230 Biomedical Signals and Measurements
  • BME 245 Biomaterials

  • BME 251 Biomedical Ultrasound
  • BME 253 Ultrasound Imaging
  • BME 255 Translational Biomedical Optics
  • BME 259 Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • BME 260 Quantitative Physiology
  • BME 262 Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • BME 266 Bioprocess Engineering
  • BME 267 Models and Simulations of Biomedical Systems
  • BME 270 Biomedical Microscopy
  • BME 283 Biosolid Mechanics
  • BME 391 Independent Study

Computer Science courses do not fulfill the engineering requirement.

Biomedical Engineering Clusters

Biomechanics of Human Movement (N4BME002)

  • BME101 or ME104 or ME120
  • BIO110 or BIO112 or BME258
  • At least four credits of the following:
    DAN102 (2 Cr), DAN130 (2 Cr), DAN200, DAN230, DAN288, HIS284

Biomedical Design (N4BME003)

  • BME101
  • At least four credits of the following:
    ME120 or ME110 (2 Cr) or EAS141 (2Cr)
  • At least four credits of the following:
    SA131 or SA111 or SA151 or SA161 or SA121

Biomedical Engineering (N4BME001)

  • BME101
  • BME201
  • BME201P (1 Cr)
  • One of the following:
    MTH143 or MTH162

Biomedical Microscopy (N4BME004)

  • BME101
  • BME270
  • One of the following:
    BIO110 or BIO112, or PHY113 or PHY121

You can find the link to the BME Department clusters on the cluster search engine here